Melissa L. Stappler was called to the Alberta Bar in 2004, after attaining her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta in 2003.  Prior to attending law school, Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction, English major) from the University of Lethbridge in 2000.

Before she joined Willis Law, Melissa dedicated the majority of her practice to representing Indigenous clients pursuing claims for damages suffered while at church- and government-run Indian residential schools. In her role as advocate, Melissa worked collaboratively and effectively with adjudicators and government representatives in a quasi-judicial process to achieve fair and reconciliatory resolutions for individuals who suffered childhood physical and sexual abuse.

In 2017, Melissa was awarded the designations of CTAJ by the Foundation of Administrative Justice and Q.Arb by the ADR Institute of Canada.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Member, Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI)
  • Member, ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA)

Volunteer Activities

  • Past Director and Vice-Chair, Sustainable Food Edmonton

Contact Melissa Stappler at (780) 809-1888 or